Michael Mann to direct new HBO drama ‘Tokyo Vice’ starring Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe

It’s Mann’s first foray into streaming

Michael Mann is set to direct new HBO drama Tokyo Vice, starring Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe.

It will see the Miami Vice director making his streaming debut.

Tokyo Vice will come out on HBO’s streaming service HBO Max, and is Mann’s first TV series since teaming up with HBO on 2011’s Luck.

Mann will direct the show’s pilot episode, before acting as executive producer for the rest of the series.

Colin Farrell - Miami Vice

Michael Mann’s Miami Vice

Tokyo Vice is written by J T Rogers, and based on Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction work, set around the Tokyo Metropolitan Police.

The show will take cues from Adelstein’s 2009 memoir Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter On The Police Beat In Japan.

Production on the show will reportedly begin in Japan in February 2020, Deadline report.

HBO premiered their new TV adaptation of Watchmen at the weekend, which features an original score by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and his regular collaborator Atticus Ross.

In a review of episode 1 of the series, NME‘s Christopher Hooton wrote: “Watchmen has a lot of work to do in proving to us that it’s worth our time.

“Buying into such a complex universe and taking on board a truckload of plot information each week shouldn’t end up as a slog. But this opening episode establishes a playing field sufficiently intriguing to earn your return next week.”

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